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Legal Issues in the Hospitality Sector

The Hospitality Sector has many unique legal issues, and the number of crimes involving Hospitality Laws continues to rise. There were 2656 hotel crimes committed in New York in 2017 alone. Hotels and bars restaurants are the two most common sites of hospitality crimes. Legal issues in the hospitality sector most often involve the theft ...
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Knowing Water Freezes Does NOT Mean Defendant Should Foresee that Water Will Freeze at a Certain Location

Businesses can control many factors on their property, but they cannot control the weather or alter the laws of physics. Water freezes at 32°F. Ice is slippery. Everybody knows the basic facts of the physical properties of water and ice. Among attorneys, there’s another equally well-known fact: Whenever a plaintiff slips and falls on ice—whether ...
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The Unique Challenges of Data Security in the Hospitality Industry

The hospitality industry has been in the news frequently over the past year as a result of multiple and significant data security incidents. Nationally recognized hotel and resort brands continue to suffer by cyber-attacks, including theft of payment card data from their retail and food/beverage outlets, and at times theft of guest data from reservations ...
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Techniques to Reduce Security Claims; Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) emphasizes using the structures, spaces, lighting and people around an area to prevent crime and to increase loss prevention. Accomplishing this task is not an easy one; architects attempt to beautify, and engineers attempt to increase efficiency. While all stakeholders must be responsive to meeting the objectives of the ...
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Navigating Insurance Coverage in the Wake of a Natural Disaster

Flood waters eventually recede; fires are extinguished; and earthquake-damaged buildings are shored. It is only then that the financial toll of a natural disaster can begin to be tallied.Natural disasters are expensive. The 2017 California wildfires are estimated to resulted in $180 billion in damages. Hurricanes Harvey and Maria are estimated to have caused $200 ...
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Why Are More Hotel Owners Choosing Independence Over Brands?

Hotel owners are beginning to see the opportunities that come with choosing independence over brands. It’s fairly clear in this new age our guests are looking for an authentic, personal experience. Many travels prefer to eat and stay in locally-inspired areas and avoid the stigma attached to the idea of “tourists”. This has inevitably lead ...
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Texas’ open carry law: 3 steps hotels should take before the New Year

The Texas statute allowing the open carrying of guns by licensed holders will become effective on January 1, 2016. Prior to this effective date, Texas hotel properties should consider following these three steps in an effort to comply with the law. 1.     Update the Employee Handbook Under the revised statute, a hotel may still prohibit its ...
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Hotels Fight Back Against Sites Like Expedia and Priceline

Co-authored by Julie Weed For years, travelers have been drawn to online sites like Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz and Priceline to find and reserve hotel rooms, flights and rental cars. Hotels welcomed the system — or at least learned to live with it — even though the business came at the cost of substantial commissions. But ...
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